GTA 4 modder quits due to harassment, negativity

Monday, 28 July 2014 08:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

We don’t deserve nice things.


Technical artist Hayssam Keilany is the lead modder behind the terrific iCEnhancer mod for Grand Theft Auto 4. Working in his free time, Keilany has produced three full releases of the popular modding package.

Unfortunately, it looks like there won’t be any more. In a statement posted on the mod’s Facebook page, Keilany announced he’s taking a break from the mod due to the bullshit drama he gets as a reward for his efforts.

Keilany’s detractors have accused him of failing to credit other modders for work he himself did, suggested his fame and popularity is due to “whoring” himself to media, complained that version 3.0 is not as good as previous releases, and even whined about the fact that it doesn’t look as good as Watch Dogs.

Yes, people are complaining about a free mod of a 2008 game produced by a fan for no return because it doesn’t look as good as a 2014 release.


“So yep, that’s it. At every release it’s the same, since 1.2. People spitting on me, my work, everything I do just because people know me or whatever. That’s always nice -cough-,” Keilany said.

“I spent days, weeks, months doing 3.0, released it because I thought people would like it and stuff. If you don’t then I’m sorry, but it’s how I like my GTA.

“I’m going to release the installer and downgrader then i’m done for a while.

“Thanks to the people who supported me and stuff, you guys are cool. No thanks for the guys trying to bring me down constantly. You guys did it after 4 years, I give up on haters.

“Have a nice day, and have fun on 3.0 if you like it.”

Those who don’t like it but nevertheless persist in hanging about making negative comments can, presumably, piss off. Why is gamer culture so rife with this kind of bullshit?

Thanks, Kotaku.


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  1. Boozy

    Gamers have become the worst social group with the worst reputation in the world, closely followed by celebrity child a users.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Triggerhappy

    So sad. So very sad. Poor guy, that is proper bullshit.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. KAP

    The PC lot is shitting on something thats free and fan made?! wha… what?!

    I find it bullshit that many of the comments today will give condolences to this guy, but are the very same people that will slate something (games/movies/etc) online without no consideration for the people behind the work.

    PC gamers are so quick to point out that PC is the best gaming platform but fail to mention their community is no different to the fanboys or trolls the console community have also. The fact that we gamers tend to hate on everything and one without having no repercussions to there actions are insane.

    I fucking love games, but everything that follows is atrocious.


    Majority is either out for themselves or all out to shit on everyone else. Guess it’s human nature.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. The_Red

    This is terrible.
    Sadly, the asshole minority has some of loudest voices on the internet.

    Fuck them and fuck all others who can’t stand awesome things ICE mod :(

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Hine

    OMG never listen to those haters kids they can just doing it behind their screen

    #5 7 months ago
  6. OlekKing

    @KAP Why are you making this about PC gamers? Being on one platform or the other doesn’t guarantee you’ll be less of a cunt. The PC community has in fact a more mature playerbase where mature people are the rule and immature pricks are the exception. The console playerbase is the opposite, and this is not to say that you have a bigger chance of being an idiot on console but the platform’s userbase is mostly comprised of kids/teenagers who tend to employ that kind of immature behavior, you simply cannot deny it.
    Idiots like this are a very small, but loud minority, either way they are not tolerated by the rest of the majority.
    It’s just human nature.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. POOhead

    @KAP internet was invented to slate peoples work, autistic cunts like this modder shouldnt even use the internet if hes gunna take comments like “its nothing like watchdogs” serious, like seriously why didnt he just laugh at the stupidity

    #7 7 months ago
  8. Rat

    Some PC gamers are all about BITCHING and WHINING !

    #8 7 months ago
  9. OlekKing

    @KAP Also just to extend my point, the same crap happened recently with the Watch Dogs modding community, there was this guy called Kadzait24, who was the first person to release a watch dogs mod trying to improve the visuals and performance of the game.
    He got some media attention but not much, either way he did not ask for any money and did not make a donation page for himself.
    Shortly after TheWorse appears and releases basically the same mod with just a couple different, but crappy tweaks, he’s the one who got all the media attention, he asked for donations and probably got a bunch of them.
    Turns out he ripped off the original modder, Kadzait24, without giving a single mention of him, when Kadzait24 exposed him and got upset, he got ridiculed and ended up being banned from the community they were in.
    So, he basically got his work stolen without being credited in any way (he never deemed to “own” the mod, he just wanted honesty), TheWorse obviously denied all of it, he got all the media attention and a bunch of money from donations.
    The funny thing is that the original guy kept updating his own mod, and it was superior to TheWorse’s version, but he had no way to properly release it and get traction to spread the word.
    It’s simple human nature.

    #9 7 months ago
  10. TheAnubis1987

    @POOhead People like you are exactly what is wrong about console community. Using Autistic cunt as an insult. Your disgusting and probably have some disorder yourself. You don’t sound very normal from your post.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. OlekKing

    @POOhead The internet was made to share information, nobody should have to tolerate or deal with internet bullies, and sorry to burst your bubble, but not everyone copes with it the same way you do and not everyone has thick skin.
    I like how you just over-simplify the situation, i’m pretty sure he didn’t quit just because of a couple troll comments, he was getting harassed and most likely getting a lot of it via more private avenues, like e-mails for example.

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Sethos

    The guy is super high on himself, cocky as fuck and keeps making promises, lying to people and can’t keep 10% of it. His ENB is shit and way overhyped, there’s much better ENBs out there.

    #12 7 months ago
  13. OlekKing

    @Rat Good job making an extraordinary claim without a single piece of evidence or even argument to back it up.
    Also great to see your vast and eloquent vocabulary.
    Your name suits you perfectly.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. OlekKing

    @Sethos He’s doing all of it in his own free fucking time and releasing it without charging you a single dime.
    His mod is not a simple ENB, it goes deep into the game’s code.
    Maybe instead of complaining, you should make a superior version and show us how great you are.
    Next time at least know what the fuck you’re talking about.

    #14 7 months ago
  15. Xephon_70

    There’s an irony to this comments section…I…can’t quite…put my finger…nope it’s gone.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. stretch215

    No surprise there, the gaming community is a vile, poisonous thing. For evidence look no further than the comment section on any game site, especially this one.

    #16 7 months ago
  17. Michael Ireland

    So much hate.

    #17 7 months ago
  18. Sethos

    @OlekKing Aww, are you his little white knight bitch? That’s cute. Plenty of talented people make stuff in their spare time yet still manage to be cool guys. Hayssam is just a little cocky cunt that’s full of shit.

    And I don’t need to make my own because there’s other, more talented people that have made better ENBs and they manage not to be dicks.

    #18 7 months ago
  19. Sethos

    By the way, he’s not stopping, from his FB;

    “Ummm… To answer some of you, I never said I’ll stop modding because of some haters. I’m just taking a break that I really need from all of this GTA world a little, while V is here …”

    #19 7 months ago
  20. OlekKing

    @Sethos No, i’m not in that business.
    I have my own stances and i actually support them with arguments.
    Next time come up with something better than ad hominem.

    #20 7 months ago
  21. ignoreLander

    I thought the internet was made for fools to practice their poor grammar and atrocious spelling.

    #21 7 months ago
  22. Mike W


    “I thought the internet was made for fools to practice their poor grammar and atrocious spelling.”

    Yup, you’re actually right, “if you’ll kindly” just read your sentence again and tell us what’s missing? ;)

    #22 7 months ago
  23. ninjakenzen


    #23 7 months ago
  24. ignoreLander

    @Mike W I think “would you kindly” is the phrase you were looking for….

    But I give up; what’s missing?

    #24 7 months ago
  25. polygem

    The kids can´t discuss anymore. They hide behind avatars.

    #25 7 months ago
  26. polygem

    Not all of them…the loudest of them though.

    #26 7 months ago
  27. ignoreLander

    @polygem Did you just respond to yourself?

    #27 7 months ago
  28. polygem

    more like imitating an edit button

    #28 7 months ago
  29. ignoreLander

    As an aside, can someone fill me in on how the hell I can change my avatar on this site?

    #29 7 months ago
  30. polygem


    you need to create an account on

    that avatar will be used on here…and every other site that uses wordpress.

    #30 7 months ago
  31. TheWulf

    It’s always the same. Most gamers are arseholes regardless of the platform, sociopaths even, and we’ve seen plenty here on VG24/7 to back that up. I mean, the regressive, disgusting, depraved views of women alone are enough to make one doubt one’s connection to the human race.

    It’s a fact of life you have to come to accept, or you’ll go insane. A good 60 per cent of the world is probably going to be made up of people that have no appreciation for anything they have, and squander it, and abuse it, and everything around them, acting as a living pollutant, a tumour on the earth, a thing of selfishness and greed, anti-erudite, self serving, driven by their own preservation instincts above all else. And murderously jealous and hateful of those smarter and more creative than they are

    I strive, every day, to be the stark opposite of those people.

    I like to praise modders and urge them to keep up their work, if not for us, then for them, because there’s obviously some reason they were doing it in the first place. I’ve been a modder myself, I know that some days can be filled with praise, and then, on others, you’ll make a mistake and you’ll realise just what a thankless job it is. But then there are always those intelligent, kind, beautiful people that make it worthwhile.

    I try to be one of those people when supporting other modders. I try to give insightful feedback, positive opinions, and helpful advice. I bolster their confidence when under attack, and I try to mediate when the masses become naught but a maddened herd of one mind that shares the same opinion.

    It’s something done out of passion, as a hobby, and sometimes people are just sociopathic and don’t consider that at all. They lack the insight. I’d be willing to be that most of the people who do this are extroverted sensors, because of the lack of empathy, consideration, insight, and because extroverted sensors are statistically prone to sociopathy more than any other personality type.

    So, yeah, I just think that there’s a certain kind of deeply unpleasant, yet popular personality type that just sours these things. They just expect to get everything for free, and have it their own, perfectly entitled way. And don’t you put no independent womens, gay people, or strangeness in my mundanity! :P

    But yeah. The usual suspects. Unfortunately.


    They wasn’t always the case. At one point, we were just nerds with supposedly poor social skills. Basically, how extroverts perceive introverts, as gaming was more introverted back in the golden age. Then, with the OMGUNZNSTABBERSSNBLOODNSPLOSIONZ era, the extroverts hopped on board.

    That’s when that reputation began to form.

    Just think about it. You didn’t hear about people cussing each other out over games in the ’90s. Even the ‘console war’ was tongue-in-cheek. And home computer users didn’t even bother with competition at all, really. So, yeah, it was just a different time, with different people. I can’t imagine that someone going out to buy the next Dizzy game is going to be spouting racial, homophobic, and sexist slurs. I don’t think that a person going to purchase Zork is going to have a hatecrime ready to drip from their lips at every possible moment.

    And, frankly? The more extroverts we’ve taken on, the worse our reputation as a subculture has become.

    The only potty mouth we had to worry about in the ’90s was Dominic Diamond, but at least he was intellectually astute enough and thus incredibly funny and witty with it, and largely inoffensive as he went for innuendo rather than hate crimes. But hey, different people from a different age.



    I find it bullshit that many of the comments today will give condolences to this guy, but are the very same people that will slate something (games/movies/etc) online without no consideration for the people behind the work.

    Horseradish, that’s a straw-man and you know it. Either that, or you’re too dim to not know, in which case you have my pity. But it’s a logical error to compare a person passionately working on something with a soulless executive encrusted in a suit, looking for the next fool to exploit next.

    I’m always supportive of the creatives in any company, I’ve always been, I mention creatives all the time and how I’m sick of the aforementioned suits trapping them into soulless mainstream endeavours, and how I’m glad to see them break off and form their own independent or small house dev team. I’ve never had a go at Tim Schafer, there’s a reason for that.

    I mean, really, you’re comparing Robert Kotick (of Activision) with, say, Josh Sawyer of Obsidian? That’s a fair comparison?

    So, you’re either very stupid and you actually believe that, or you’re slightly stupid and you genuinely believed that you had some kind of valid argument, here.

    PC gamers are so quick to point out that PC is the best gaming platform [...]

    Not best. Most open. Another straw-man. Oh, you so clever.

    [...] but fail to mention their community is no different to the fanboys or trolls the console community have also.

    Gee guy. I guess you’ve missed the tens (maybe hundreds, by this point) of comments where I’ve said “It’s not the platform that’s the problem, but the platform owner who’s the prick, and every platform has its pricks.“?

    That sure sounds like what you said, doesn’t it?

    Oh, wait! No, no, no it doesn’t. You’re just a butthurt idiot who’s just using smear attacks and straw-men to the best of his incredibly limited capacities. But hey, don’t let me stop you. Just remember, you don’t need my help to make you look like a dribbling imbecile.

    The fact that we gamers tend to hate on everything and one without having no repercussions to there actions are insane.

    THEIR. I don’t normally pick on grammar, but that one drives me insane. THEIR. THEIR actions. Please, for the sake of my sanity, learn the difference.

    I don’t need to say anything else about that, really, because we have so many people praising games around here daily to make that blatantly untrue.

    Majority is either out for themselves or all out to shit on everyone else. Guess it’s human nature.

    Speak for yourself. When have you ever NOT done that?


    Some are, yeah. :I I wish they weren’t PC gamers, frankly.


    Eh, like I said, every platform has deeply unpleasant people. It’s more the people, than the platform. The problem is the kind of entertainment that’s being put out, today. I mean, thinking games are hardly the norm, now, are they? Like they were back in the LucasArts days, the golden age of gaming. Nope, now it’s all violence, violence, and more violence.

    Of course that draws in the most sickly horrible people, of course it does, there’s never any doubt about that. It’s not the platform that you can judge a person by, it’s what they play, and how they play it.

    For example, I’d be more likely to say that a point & click adventure gamer is a pleasant person than someone who plays action adventures and shooters. Proof? Just go to the Adventure Gamers forums, you’ll be inundated with loveliness from all corners, they’re incredible, wonderful, tolerant people. It’s the same with Telltales forums.

    It’s not the platforms. It’s the entertainment. And the kind of people that entertainment draws in. We’ve gone from the golden era to the OMGUNZNSTABBERSSNBLOODNSPLOSIONZ era. Just think about that for a moment. One person plays Day of the Tentacle, is genial, pleasant to be around, and intellectually and emotionally intelligent. Another person plays action adventures featuring racist, sexist heroes and is unpleasant, rude, unintelligent, arrogant, and uneducated.

    I’ve seen that too many times to believe anything else. And really, it’d be a bit weird to not be true, wouldn’t it? Thinky entertainment, pleasant gamers! Stupid entertainment, obnoxious gamers!

    So I stand by it not being the platform, but the entertainment. And it’s not the entertainment that makes the jerk — oh no, not at all. It’s more that the entertainment is now designed to attract jerks who already existed, but were never interested in videogames before.


    That goes for every corporation out there, churning out soulless, unfinished, rushed games. They’re cocky, too, always talking up their shit and getting others to talk it up. But you don’t hear anyone telling them that they’re doing wrong by doing so, do you?

    Nope, just pick on the little guy for having some of the same flaws. How about next time we pick on corporate suits responsible for the next Thief or whatever other abhorrent turd they crank out?

    It’s a double-standard designed to punish people who work for free, when those with pay cheques bigger than the money you’ll ever earn go scot free, without any criticism.

    But no, pick on the guy who works on a free project in his spare time.

    This smacks of cowardice.


    I like you.



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    Have at!

    #31 7 months ago
  32. Legendaryboss

    @Xephon_70 I love this comment!

    #32 7 months ago
  33. derpex

    Let’s see, mustards invade almost every console article to spread lies, FUD, and hatred, they take the “master race” joke seriously and think they’re superior human beings for owning a piece of plastic, shit on PC modders doing work for free, then they blame “console kids” for being more immature.

    Nope, not seeing any irony here.

    #33 7 months ago

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    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]